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Girlguiding Wharfedale appeal for adult volunteers

A few of the Leader team enjoying a BBQ at the local activity Centre at Burley Woodhead

Following on Volunteers Week, Girlguiding Wharfedale has issued an appeal for adult volunteers to help in whatever capacity.

Ann Peacock from Girlguiding Wharfedale said: “We have a large number of volunteers who work with girls and young women aged from 4 to 30 years.  Occasionally they get together to just meet up and reassure themselves that they are not alone and have the full support of the Association for back up and training.

“Apart from the regular weekly meetings, where girls learn many life skills and have a great deal of fun, many other activities take place which enhance their understanding of the Community and people in need.  Recently you will have seen reports of ‘The Big Help Out’ where girls have made food for food parcels, cleared litter from the river side and Ilkley Moor and this week a Guide Unit will have been ‘balsam bashing’ along the riverside.  Some Brownies recently even created their own recipe for a Fat Rascal in Betty’s kitchen on The Grove.

“There are great opportunities for adventurous nights away, in hostels or under canvas, if that is what you like to do.  There is something for everyone in Girlguiding.

“But as ever we need more adult help.  If you feel you could give the time to help out in whatever capacity please give this some thought.”

Volunteers can choose to work with the age group they prefer:

Rainbows: 4- 7 years

Brownies: 7 – 10 years

Guides: 10 – 14 years

Rangers: 14 – 18 years

Inspire: 18 – 30 years (currently no group in Wharfedale)

2nd Ilkley Guide Unit take part in the BIg Help Out with Ilkley Clean River Group and Wharfedale Naturalist Society

Ann adds: “Currently the Ranger Unit in Burley in Wharfedale is looking for two adults to work with its members from September this year.

“A Brownie Unit in Ben Rhydding needs additional help as does a Guide Unit in Ilkley centre and a Rainbow Unit in Addingham.”

To explore the range of volunteers possibilities available please visit the website:

Any questions can be emailed to Ann at


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